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Why is Cristiano Ronaldo known as “C罗” in Chinese?

C for Cristiano 罗 for 罗纳尔多 (Ronaldo) Apparently before him: Ronaldo (罗纳尔多) (Luís Nazário de Lima) was known as 大罗 Ronaldinho (罗纳尔迪尼奥) was called 小罗 So, with big (大) and little (小) already taken, ...
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Are people's names always pronounced the same in Mandarin?

The pronunciation is the same for the last names. For example, 華 must be pronounced as huà for the family name. When it is in the first name, it can be pronounced as huā, huá or huà. They can decide ...
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Chinese names: Gah-Ning

Although it is a potentially valid to use the slightly derogatory "cute" nickname, it is much more likely to be a more standard-sounding given name, for example 佳寧 or perhaps 嘉寧, both pronounced ...
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Is it correct to call the UK 英国?

It is correct. Chinese people used the translation "英国" in the 18th century when the Emperor of Kangxi was still alive. It was 英圭黎. Scotland joined the kingdom in 1707, but this translation ...
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What does mean zhōngxing from ZTE in Chinese?

中兴通讯的前身是1985年由航天系统的691厂以及运兴香港电子等共同投资创办的“中兴半导体”。而“中兴”名字由来有二:一是因为691厂是中方企业,港资企业为运兴,各取一字,成为“中兴”;第二个更为重要的原因是“中兴”暗含中国兴旺的意思。这也正表达了当时创业者侯为贵寄望中兴通讯振兴民族通信产业的理想。后来,中兴通讯称谓先后经历了中兴维先通、中兴新的变化,但始终坚持“中兴”二字。如今,“中兴通讯,...
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How would you say "X, the Y" in Chinese?

Domestic animals like dog, cat, horse, cow, pig, goat, chicken and duck are often described with a single syllable word in Chinese: 狗,猫,马,牛,猪,羊,鸡,鸭 There are few exceptions, For example, snake is ...
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When 少 is used in someone's name, is it always pronounced shào?

Because shào and shǎo has different meaning. shǎo means few/little, and shào means young. When used in names, it is usually intended to address a young person respectfully. As a given name or as a ...
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Why the surname 유 (Yoo) is translated as 刘 instead of 余 or 于?

I don't think it is translated as much as it is that every Korean family actually has their own Hanja. According to Wikipedia's List of South Korean surnames by prevalence 유 can be one of four ...
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In the film 流浪地球, why is a character nicknamed '户口'?

The main character's name is 刘启 Break his first name 「启」 apart, and you'll get 「戶口」. That's how his nickname came about. The character 启 contains the meaning of "enlighten". It has nothing ...
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When you first meet someone, sometimes they say (for example): " 我是小朋...“

The vast majority of Chinese characters have homophones (同音字), other characters with exactly the same pronunciation. That's why we might need to clarify which character we are referring to. It's like ...
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Are there readings exclusive used only for people name?

So I wonder, are there readings exclusive for a name without any preceding usage (meaningless/not used in historical names)? I think it is very unlikely to have a reading in a name with no meaning at ...
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Must Japanese people's name be mapped to equivalent Chinese characters?

Yes, if a Japanese name can be written in kanji, it is customary to read these kanji in its Chinese character pinyin, the Japanese pronunciation play no part. The Japanese pronunciation of "田中" is "...
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Alternative name for Hong Kong 香港

香江 ABC Canto: PLACE WORD another name for Hong Kong; refers to especially to Victoria Harbor which resembles a river separating Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula 是次畫展於香江舉辦 si6 ...
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Why would 人 be used for names?

Having 人 in the name is not uncommon, especially the first character of the first name "人 (X) " = 人中之(X) " = (X) among man Examples: 苗人鳳 - phoenix among man 狄人傑 - elite among man 張人龍 - dragon ...
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Help choosing a Chinese name among a few shortlisted ones

Any answer would be very subjective In my opinion, 孙博良 is the best choice. Not only it sounds similar to Paulo, the characters also are common in native Chinese names and with positive meanings. 「...
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Describing and meaning of the name 楚胜天

When I hear the name 胜天, the first thing that comes to my mind is the idiom "人定胜天" 人的智慧和力量可以战胜自然 (Human wisdom and strength can overcome nature) The name 胜天 implies optimism and confidence ...
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Mandarin Chinese Most Frequent 1000 First Names (中国最常用的1000个名字)

I don't think there's an official account for the top 1000 most used first names. But here is an interesting statistic I've found. In this image, it says the top 10 most used first names are: 英(ying)...
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How do I pronounce romanised Chinese names which lack tone marks?

As a native speaker, this is what I do in such a case: If my listener is not Chinese, does not know Chinese, or I am speaking in an event that doesn't require my listener(s) to know Chinese - I ...
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Are people's names always pronounced the same in Mandarin?

The pronunciation of a Chinese name is unique in almost all cases. Here are few particular cases. There are very few Chinese polyphonic family names, like the above example 覃, it pronounced qín in 90%...
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Is it correct to introduce yourself as "我是 name"

From a grammatical point of view your sentence is correct. The pattern 我是 + name is a casual way of introducing yourself. Personally I heard that a lot. However, in formal situations using the pattern ...
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How to write your original (non-Chinese) and Chinese name, jointly

Your best source is 百度 百科 here's some examples of how they do it: 基努·里维斯(Keanu Reeves) 布兰妮·斯皮尔斯(Britney Spears) 奥兰多·布鲁姆(Orlando Bloom) So the format here is: transliterated first name + · (...
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Database of Chinese translations of given names?

the national academy fro educational research (國家教育研究院) of taiwan, maintained the bilingual data, several of these database are name related, and all of them are free to download 😸 學術名詞下載 entries ...
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How common are the following Chinese names: 王朋 & 李友 & 高文中 & 白英愛? My Chinese coursebooks are full of them!

王朋 and 李友 sounds like 'Tom' and 'Joe' in English. 高文中 is not as common as the two above. 白英愛 sounds like a Korean name to me, very fashionable, There is a Korean pop star called 李英爱, as I know ...
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How common are the following Chinese names: 王朋 & 李友 & 高文中 & 白英愛? My Chinese coursebooks are full of them!

王朋: super common name 李友: sounds like a regular name, but I never see this given name in real life 高文中: a regular name. 文 is a very common character to put in the middle 白英愛: 爱英 is a very common girl'...
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Exactly how bad is it to call a family member by their given name?

Calling a family member of the older generation by the first name only is taboo. You must address your parents and grandparents with appropriate honorific or pet name e.g. /爸爸,媽媽/ 公公,奶奶 Calling a ...
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Is it correct to call the UK 英国?

Actually, according to the list of the Member States of the United Nations the political correct denomination of the UK in Chinese is 大不列颠及北爱尔兰联合王国. Anyway, it doesn't mean that the term 英国 is not ...
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Is there significance on whether having a 3 character name versus a 2 character name in mainland China?

In ancient times, China was a matriarchal society, and children followed their mother's family name by "姓" (女 = woman; 生 = born) Most surname is one character word, two-character surname is ...
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Is there significance on whether having a 3 character name versus a 2 character name in mainland China?

People can have anywhere from 2-4 character names without being extremely unusual (1-2 characters in the family name and 1-2 characters in the given name). The majority of people have only one ...
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